That remarkable book I was telling you about last week – the one that has captivated the reading interests of kids and adults across the country – continues to make headlines.
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins’ novel about real-world survival, is No. 1 on USA Today’s Best-Selling Books list. Catching Fire and Mockingjay, the other two books in Collins’ trilogy, occupy the No. 2 and 3 spots. The Hunger Games Trilogy is at No. 7. From Jan. 12 to April 5 – an entire quarter – the three books occupy the No. 1, 2, and 3 spots on USA Today’s list. The movie, which debuted on March 23, earned $302.8 million at the box office through last Sunday.
All the more reason to celebrate the decision that Erin Randall made at the beginning of this year to read the book with three of her classes at Greenwich High School. It has sparked school-wide interest in the novel, as The Hunger Games has become the book to read for students of all ages, interests, and levels.
As a culminating activity and reward for finishing the book, Randall organized a field trip for her students to go see the movie on the day it opened. Other classes joined. That, too, was a tremendous success.
Great teaching of a great book.